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Love Thy Nature – Holiday Giving Guide

Snowy Owl with Santa Hat

Tis the season to gather with family and friends, give thanks for our blessings and, in many cases, give back to the community.

Most people know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday — two chances to get the most bang for your buck before Christmas. According to the Huffington Post, last year, there were $13.4 billion in sales on the two days ($6.8 billion on Black Friday and $6.6 billion on Cyber Monday). But have you also heard of Giving Tuesday? Taking place Dec. 1, it’s a global movement for giving and volunteering. Annually, it’s a time when charities, companies and individuals rally for their favourite causes. In the same way retailers take part in Black Friday, the giving community has come together for Giving Tuesday. This is the kick-off to the giving season.

Now in its third year, Giving Tuesday has grown immensely. According to Canada Helps, an online giving platform, 34.4% of donations are made in December. The second annual Giving Tuesday increased charitable donations in Canada by 75% on top of the last Giving Tuesday’s lift of 169%. Wow — incredible.

If you search the #GivingTuesdayCA hashtag on Twitter, thousands of tweets can be found from non-profits that are making a difference in their communities. The work of non-profits is made possible by generous people in the community who have a passion for changing the world. In the case of the Couchiching Conservancy, a small group of people formed our organization and are still involved today to move our work forward. We wouldn’t be able to accomplish everything we do without support from caring individuals and businesses.

This past year, we have undertaken a number of projects in the field around water quality, species at risk or endangered species like bobolink and eastern meadowlark, habitat improvement and more. All of these projects contribute to ensuring our landscapes are healthy and cared for.

Giving Tuesday is more than a just moment, though; it’s a movement.

Giving the gift of nature this holiday season not only supports your local environment; it also shows others what you value. To help you in your decision, I’ve put together a “giving guide” on ways to support the work of the Couchiching Conservancy:

  • Gifts: T-shirts and Christmas cards are available for sale at The Bird House Nature Company in Orillia. Each shirt costs $22 and has beautiful artwork by local artist Juliana Hawke.

    Staff in CC T-shirts

  • Protect an acre: Show your loved ones you care for the environment and symbolically protect an acre of land for $25. We’ll send them a note card to let them know of your gift. (This can be done online through Canada Helps or in person at The Bird House Nature Company.)



  • Donate: An average of 80% of funds goes toward stewardship, acquisition and projects in the field. We accept donations online through Canada Helps, by phone or in person at The Bird House Nature Company (since our office is closed for renovations at the moment). Donate online here.


  • Volunteer — property team: For those who want to take an active role in protecting land, property teams do walks throughout the year. Visit our website for details.


  • Charity gift cards: If you are teaching the next generation about giving back or are just looking for a unique gift, consider a charity gift card from Canada Helps. You choose the card design and value, receive a charitable tax receipt and can send the card to a friend or print it. Visit Canada Helps to learn more

    Charity Gift Cards




All the best to you and yours during this holiday and giving season.

Tanya Clark, Development Coordinator


The office is closed during renovations. If you would like to make a donation in person, please visit the Bird House Nature Company in Orillia, ON.

Donations are not used for the office renovation. We have received a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and a legacy gift from Bill Grant. An average of 80 per cent of all funds go into acquisition, stewardship and projects.

Questions about any of these giving options?
Give Tanya Clark at a call at 705-326-1620.